What to do and see in Ballymena, United Kingdom (UK): The Best Places and Tips

August 8, 2017 Natalie Tallman

Ballymena /ˌbæliˈmiːnə/ (from Irish: an Baile Meánach, meaning "the middle townland", Irish pronunciation: [ən̪ˠ ˈbˠalʲə ˈmˠaːn̪ˠəx]) is a large town in County Antrim, and the eighth largest in Northern Ireland. It is part of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. It had a population of 29,467 people in the 2011 Census.
Restaurants in Ballymena

1. Cushendun Village

Glenmona House | 10 Glendun Rd, Ballymena BT44 0QA, Northern Ireland +44 28 2176 1382
Excellent
55%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 127 reviews

Cushendun Village

Reviewed By preglad - New York

County Antrim is impressive in its myriad options of attractions, both natural and manufactured. The run from charming Cushedun to Cushendall and beyond is chockablock with impressive variations in nature on full display. It's a perfect environment for an extended varied options weekend to full blown holiday for couples. friends or family.

2. The Galgorm Castle Fairy Trail

9 The Courtyard 188 Galgorm Road | Galgorm, Ballymena BT42 1HL, Northern Ireland +44 28 2565 4114
Excellent
76%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 61 reviews

The Galgorm Castle Fairy Trail

Our Fairy Trail is an interactive trail , that promotes problem solving , social development & stimulation with nature. By using the activity booklet we have designed to enhance your experience along the trail , by completing questions and clues as you go . With the added bonus of being entered into our prize draw once it has been completed correctly!

Reviewed By Cat1605 - Portadown, United Kingdom

Lovely walk and very unique. Well laid out and good information book for kids to follow. The restaurant food was lovely for adults not so nice for the kids but when they go free with the fairy trail it balances itself outThanks very much for taking the time to review! Very glad you had an enjoyable experience :) Look out for our future events

3. The People's Park

Peoples Park 4 Doury Road, Ballymena BT43 6JA, Northern Ireland +44 28 2563 3342
Excellent
52%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 64 reviews

The People's Park

Reviewed By Eileenb33 - Craigavon, United Kingdom

Plenty too do for all ages ranging from a large play Park for both older and young kids, beautiful walks, football areas, and a duck pond. They even hold outdoor cinema evenings in the summertime.

4. Fairhill Shopping Centre

Fairhill Lane, Ballymena BT43 6UF, Northern Ireland +44 28 2565 1199
Excellent
35%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
8%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 56 reviews

Fairhill Shopping Centre

Reviewed By Ultimatedaytrips - Belfast, United Kingdom

This shopping centre hasn't been as busy since Easons and HMV did leave but with the return of Starbucks, you get a busy atmosphere around that. This shopping centre is easily located in the town and has good parking. The toilets in the shopping centre could be better though.

5. Gracehill Village

Gracehill, Ballymena, Northern Ireland
Excellent
75%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 23 reviews

Gracehill Village

Reviewed By Ultimatedaytrips - Belfast, United Kingdom

This village between Ballymena and Ahoghill contains a lot of listed buildings that were built by the Moravian's when they came to settle here. There is a lot of history surrounding this village and it is perfect to take photos in. Well worth a stop.

6. Ballymena Central Library

5 Pat's Brae, Ballymena BT43 5AX, Northern Ireland +44 28 2563 3950
Excellent
50%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
2%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 35 reviews

Ballymena Central Library

Reviewed By Roda1947 - Ballymena, United Kingdom

Staff most helpful but selection of books extremely poor. Need to invest in some new stock. Only way to get a particular author is to reserve a copy.

7. Gracehill Moravian Church

25 Church Road, Ballymena BT42 2NL, Northern Ireland +44 28 2565 3141
Excellent
79%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 14 reviews

Gracehill Moravian Church

Reviewed By richardsU8611AY - County Antrim, United Kingdom

This old church has stood through time and is still standing. It is beautiful in the interior and exterior. The grounds around the church have a sense of tranquillity. If walking around the grounds it would be best to do it on a very dry day.

8. Ballymena Showgrounds

Ballymena Showgrounds Warden Street, Ballymena BT43 7DR, Northern Ireland +44 28 2563 8510
Excellent
50%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 8 reviews

Ballymena Showgrounds

Reviewed By karenbufc - Ballymena

Fantastic facilities for hire including a 4g pitch and AstroTurf, easy to access, great family atmosphere at matches..

9. St Patrick's Church

Castle Street, Ballymena BT43 7BT, Northern Ireland +44 28 2563 0741
Excellent
80%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 5 reviews

St Patrick's Church

Reviewed By timeagain - Northern Ireland

I like visiting churches, in fact, any place of worship. All have been built through love and dedication and this is inevitably reflected in the visual impact. Tranquility is also an attraction. Glad to see St Patrick's Church welcoming reviews some churches, strangely, don't. Well worth a visit whatever flavour you are.

10. Ballymena Visitor Information Centre "The Braid"

1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena, Northern Ireland +44 28 2563 5058
Excellent
40%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 5 reviews

Our Visitor Information Centre provides information on local attractions, events, facilities, places to eat and areas of scenic interest. It is open all year round and services available include automated all-Ireland accommodation service, free local and national information, map and souvenirs. With friendly staff on hand to help you plan your time in Mid and East Antrim.

Reviewed By Ultimatedaytrips - Belfast, United Kingdom

Visited this information centre recently to get guides for the summer holidays, the staff had to be asked multiple times if they could help me in my search and even then they didn't have much knowledge of the surrounding area. Must say it was a disappointing visit, especially when the premises was great.

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